Real IRA leader fails in appeal bid

Real IRA leader fails in appeal bid

A dissident republican, who was the first person to be found guilty of directing terrorism in the Republic has lost his bid to mount a challenge against his conviction in the Supreme Court.

Michael McKevitt was convicted in 2003 and jailed for 20 years.The lawyers of the Real IRA leader claimed he should be allowed to bring his appeal to the Supreme Court stating that the section 29 warrant used to search his home was unconstitutional.They argued this amounted to a "newly discovered fact".However, the Court of Criminal Appeal rejected the challenge stating that this case had been dealt with a number of years ago and could not be revisited.In 2009, in a landmark case, the High Court in Belfast found that the 59-year-old was also responsible for the 1998 Omagh Bomb.

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